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4 Top Benefits : Buying Second Hand Outfits

You can call them pre loved or thrifted outfits! They all mean second hand.

There are so many benefits of buying second hand outfits but today i’m going to share with you only 4. These reasons will help you open up your mind to the idea of second hand shopping just incase you’ve not!If you are already shopping secondhand, it will help you embrace the concept even more!

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So what are these  4 top benefits of buying second hand clothes???

Disclaimer: Before you get to know the benefits be careful it might even make you rush to the nearest thrift store😜

How do you go about shopping secondhand outfits?

Do you buy everything secondhand? Are there specific pieces which you buy secondhand? I personally do it 50/50. Half of my closet has brand new and the other half is thrifted. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below this post!

Lets dig right in:

  1. Easier on your wallet

I’ve started with the most obvious of them all! I think the top reason most of the people shop second hand clothes is because they get to save some moola. Let’s agree, our budgets can be tight at times!

Ever wondered how much that second hand designer dress would cost when brand new? Second hand shopping is totally affordable especially if you love those high end pieces!

10$ for a dress and 5$ for a top, ain’t that just amazing! Explore the second hand stores in your area to see who has the best deals.

2. Unique pieces

It’s very unlikely to find someone with what you buy second hand!

Trends come and go but at times when a trend becomes a favorite to many, you are likely to see almost everyone wearing it!If you are the kind that hates entering a room and finding about 10 people wearing the same exact outfit as yours, then second hand clothing wont disappoint you.

3. You can easily win a “Jack Pot”

The most exciting part of shopping second hand, is that you just never know what you will find in the store! There are times you get stuff which are very gently used and still have tags on them.

There is a time i found a brand new dress which seemed like someone just wore it once for only $5.

There are lots of hidden goodies just waiting to be found.

4. Last longer

Second hand clothes last longer! Wait let me explain it!

Pre loved outfit have already been used and washed a couple if not a dozen times. That means they have already undergone all the possible shrinkages and fading if any.

On the flip side, how many times have you purchased a brand new which after just one washing was completely ruined? With second hand what you see is most likely what you will get

I’ve compiled some awesome SECONDHAND FINDS in this video + STORES where I got them:

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Fashion Lessons Learnt – So far

Happy New Year!

To me a New Year feels like an New Opportunity to improve on myself. I see it as chance to reflect on the past and adjust accordingly.We all collect lessons as we go through different life experiences.

I’m so excited because on my very first blog in 2021, i get to share with you some really valuable fashion lessons which I’ve learnt over years. These are lessons which have generally improved the quality of my life.

The essence of sharing this is because I feel someone might learn if not all at least one or two things. So without further adieu let’s dive right in:

Fashion Lesson 1: You don’t have to invest in every fashion trend

A while ago, I’m the kind who used to invest in almost every trend that popped up. As long as i could afford it i got it. Lol,,how ridiculous was that!

You don’t need to invest in all fashion trends. By this i don’t mean that you must avoid all trends completely. Yes, fashion evolves and you are likely to look frumpy if you don’t pay attention. Check out fashion trends but don’t let them dictate your personal style in any way whatsoever. No! its never that serious! Invest only in what works for your body type.

Fashion Lesson 2: De cluttering is Key

This has been a major shift for me. I’m the kind of person who has been de cluttering my closet in such a shallow way. Thanks to Marie Kondo, an organisation expert from whom i’ve learnt some really awesome tips on de cluttering and ever since the quality of my life has greatly improved, trust you me!

Did you know that a cluttered closet actually places a lot of visual stress on your mind subconsciously? Through an effective closet de cluttering, not only I’m i able to trace my items easily, but I’m also able to reduce visual stress in my closet because i get to keep only what i truly love.

You can check out a video which i did a while ago on 4 easy steps of de cluttering right here.

Fashion Lesson 3: Comfort is King

When i was in my early twenties, I was the kind that sacrificed comfort for style. I would go to the extent of rocking short tight dresses that kept pulling up when walking to skinny jeans which I could hardly enjoy a square meal in without discomfort!

Never ever sacrifice your comfort for style. If those clothes aren’t comfortable, your body language will tell whether you like it or not.

A quick tip for you when shopping for your outfits, is fit them and walk around with them just to double check comfort. You can still look really good and embrace comfort at the same time.

Fashion Lesson 4: Investing in versatile pieces


Over the years, I’ve also learnt the importance of investing in true classic wardrobe pieces which can be styled with different outfits.

Versatility is all about getting more with less. For example investing in pieces such as denim whether blue or black gives you room for endless styling possibilities. Leather Jackets, the little black dress and white tees are other classic wardrobe pieces with which you can get more for less.

Feel free to check out a video where i styled one blue jeans in 5 different looks right here.

Fashion Lesson 5: Investing in quality

I’ve learnt to practice mindful buying. Cheap is always expensive. I know quality means different for different people. By quality here I mean pieces which are made while paying attention to details.

I’m no longer looking for the very cheapest deals in the market because I learnt the hard way that most compromise on quality. Instead of buying three outfits which are very cheap because quality has been compromised, i’d rather save and buy one piece which has been stitched to perfection with good quality material. Actually, i’d rather have afew quality pieces than a wardrobe full of junk outfits. Value for money here is the focus in other words.

Fashion Lesson 6: Accessories are Powerful

I’ve learned to play around with accessories because i noticed they are so powerful when it comes to elevating your look. Accessories could be scarfs, chains, bangles etc If you put a number of people wearing a basic outfit in a room the only person who has accessorized well, is the one who will stand out. Have fun with those accessories and thank me later.

I did a video of my favorite all time fashion accessories. I will put a link in the description box down below just incase you want to have a glimpse at them.

Fashion Lesson 7: You don’t have to show too much skin

When I was a little big younger I used to think showing too much skin was stylish n cool. But I’ve learnt this is actually not classy. A woman’s beauty shows when she is showing just alittle skin. There is a thin line between tasty & trashy.

Choose one part to show skin and don’t overdo it. Like for example if you show some skin on the upper part of your body, go slow on the lower part and vice versa.

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Final Thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any fashion lessons that you’ve learnt so far, feel free to share below. See you in my next weekly post.

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Best of 2020 – Authentically Ritah

Are you doing resolutions?

The count down to 2021 has begun! What an eventful year this has been! It started with locusts invading our crops then before we knew it Covid happened! We have all been affected negatively in one way or another at some point. If I could write about 2020, i’d finish after three decades! I kid you not!

This year hasn’t been easy but we could flip things alittle bit and look for some positivity as we end it. What were your highlight of the year?

Highlight of the year..

One of my biggest highlights of the year was when I launched my Fashion Blog on 23rd June, 2020. Can’t believe it’s already 6 months since I joined the blogging world! Feels like it’s just the other day when I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my passion. How time flies!

Honestly, I never imagined I’d get all the love I’ve received so far! I’m so humbled. Whether directly or indirectly trust you me it counts and I totally appreciate your massive support.

I used to say I will start a Fashion Blog since the longest time I can remember. See how procrastination can really cripple you! Ofcause I’ve faced my own share of challenges here and there along this journey but I cannot ignore the fact that pursuing this passion has opened amazing opportunities for me. Summing it up in a nutshell,this is so fulfilling to me and it feels like I’ve tapped into my purpose.

Besides enjoying making Fashion and Style content, the essence of this blog is to positively contribute to the quality of your life. You have no idea how my heart melts when I get comments and messages that the fashion tips help you.

Taking a look back, I’ve not only created some really amazing networks in this journey but I’ve also learnt alot from the fashion gurus! I’m learning everyday as I share content with you.

As 2020 comes to an end, I thought of sharing some of my favorite outfits on the blog so far!

Outfit 8. How to select an athleisure outfit

Outfit 7. Try on Haul: BelaBstyles

Outfit 6. Three ways of styling Jeggings during cold season

Outfit 5. A fun way to kickstart the week – Official Vibes


Another major highlight in 2020 was starting a youtube channel. For sure I didn’t see this coming. I knew I wanted to start a Fashion Blog way back but YOUTUBE was in those wildest dreams. I used to imagine it was meant for other people!

Clearly, you can be amazingly surprised when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. I pushed myself and I keep shocking myself every now and then.

I know I’m not yet there but I can confidently state that I’m not where I used to be 2 months ago when I started it.

So how have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone in 2020?


Outfit 4. Four Top Tips of selecting your Jumpsuits – Plus size Fashion Hacks

Outfit 3. Easy Wedding Guest Outfit – Ankara Fashion

Outfit 2. How to style leggings – Vacation Fashion

Outfit 1. Welcome to my Fashion Blog

Encouragement to someone out there!

As I wind up this blog post, let me encourage someone out there; you might have that dream which you want to pursue but you keep pushing it under the carpet probably because of self limiting thoughts.

Siz/Bro it’s a high time you punched fear and perfection in the face and pursued what you truly love. There is never a right time. Just start with what you have! You will learn along the way! Be sure to keeping reducing your learning curve by learning from people who have succeeded in what you want to do. While on the same breath, learn but don’t copy. Be the authentic you because there is no competition with authenticity.

Of cause you will meet negative people at some point. They never miss! Just learn to raise above negativity! As long as you have clarity in your vision, keep going!

Looking forward to creating more Fashion and Style Content just for you. Feel free to let me know what kind of topics you’d like to see on this Blog or rather where you feel I need to improve. As long as I resonate with it, you can always count on me. My joy is serving all your Fashion needs wholesomely.

Wish you a fabulous 2021. May God flood your pathway with nothing but blessings!…and if you want to start that fashion blog or any blog of your choice, please stop procrastination.

This calls for a glass of wine🍷!

Cheers to growth & prosperity!


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What no one tells you about JEANS – 5 closet mistakes

Whether you like it cropped or not, jeans are one of the most versatile pieces of clothes which can elevate your look from fab to fabulous. In case this is your first time here, Authentically Ritah is a Style and Fashion Blog . You can consider subscribing right here to get instant notifications once i upload a blog post.

Today I’m going to share with you what no one tells you about jeans! Grab a cup of tea or what it is that you like and lets do this!

I don’t know about you but if I invest my money anywhere, i want to get value back. Whether its 2$ or 2000$, i want value for my money. My closet is not an exception either. If you want jeans which you’ve invested with your hard earned money to last you longer, you need to take good care of them.

Here are 5 closet mistakes that destroy your jeans:-

Jeans Mistake 1: Not pre washing your jeans in vinegar

Do you soak you jeans in vinegar when you first buy them?

It is always a good idea when you first buy your jeans, to pre wash them in vinegar. This step is very crucial because it helps prevent the dye from running off by locking in the color. What you need to do is simply add a cup of white vinegar into cold water then soak your jeans for one hour. Vinegar contains a mild acid called acetic acid which helps to lock in the dye hence preventing further bleeding.

If you find out that your jeans are still loosing color after doing this, you can give them an overnight vinegar soak. The beauty about this step is that white vinegar is easily available in your local store.

Jeans Mistake 2 : Not washing your jeans inside out

Washing your jeans without turning them inside out, directly exposes them to detergents and a lot of friction which makes the color fade so fast. Always ensure that you wash your denim inside out to prevent the color from fading.

Jeans Mistake 3: Washing your jeans too often

You don’t have to wash your jeans too often. Don’t get it twisted! This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to wash your jeans completely. The concept is if you wash your jeans too frequently, you wriggle them alot which causes unnecessary wear and tear.

You can probably consider washing your jeans after 3 to 4 wears but again this is very dependent on the kind of activities which you engage in. Some activities can expose you to a lot of dust and mud. Wash your jeans following the manufacturers special instructions.

Air drying, steaming your jeans, spritzing them with diluted vinegar or Spot cleaning stains where you use water and a piece of rug to clean your jeans are great alternatives to cleaning your jeans with water. The good thing about vinegar is that it helps neutralize any bacteria and it’s smell goes away so easily.

Jeans Mistake 4 : Hanging your jeans rather than folding them

Apparently, storage is another very important step if you want your jeans to last longer. Hanging your jeans actually destroys their elastin. When it comes to storage, you can consider folding your jeans instead of hanging them to help maintain their structure.

Jeans Mistake 5 : Washing your jeans in hot water

Heat destroys the elastin in your jeans, making them stretch out faster hence loosing shape. Using hot water is very common among st people who use washing machines with the wrong settings. Taking time to learn your machines specific settings is never a bad idea. Ensure that you use cold or lukewarm water and again remember to use mild detergents if you want your jeans to last longer.

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Final thoughts

Jeans may seem like a very tough fabric but it actually need delicate care if you want them to serve you longer which in turn means getting value for your money. Incase you know any other hacks that help jeans last longer, i would be so humbled if you shared your thoughts in the comment box down below!

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Fashion and Style, Stylish Gift Ideas

15 Christmas Gift Ideas for Her – Fashion, Style, Beauty and Luxury

Today’s post is a little bit different. We are approaching the festive season clearly and I thought why not share The Best Gift Ideas For Her! These are gifts you can give her not only during Christmas but also on her special days such as graduation, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, promotion and basically any milestone which she achieves. The list is endless.

These gifts are geared to any woman in your life. This could be your daughter, sister, cousin, mum, wife, friend, colleague or even grandma..oh yes grandma! I know different people have varied budgets hence the gifts i’m sharing are a mixture of moderately priced, inexpensive and a little over the top ones in case you want to splurge on her.

I will put LINKS to the stores where applicable for ease of access just in case you wanna shop. Without further ado lets dive into this:

Gift Idea 1: Spa Treatments

There is nothing more luxurious than a visit to the spa especially during this christmas season. Spa treatments are a luxury which many women occasionally love to indulge in. It’s such a great way to relax and distress.

Spa dreaming has a large collection with over 100 relaxing spa experiences in Nairobi to choose from! Their different packages include massages, manicure, pedicure, facials, body scrubs/polishes, body wraps and pre/post natal massages. You additionally get access to facilities such as swimming pools, steam rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi . There is even accommodation for specific Spa-cation Packages.

Prices range from 40$ to over 150$. I’ve actually been a beneficiary of their services courtesy of my friends Yvonne and Rebbeca (In case you are reading this thanks loves once again). I can hence vouch for Spa Dreaming.

Gift Idea 2: DIY Home Pampering Kits

You can also opt to bring the Spa home for her by getting a DIY Home Spa Kit. Sometimes after the exhaustion of a long day when she doesn’t have time to recharge from a Spa this kinds of kits give a little relaxation and TLC. Its also a great way for her to bond with her girlfriends when they visit her over this christmas season.

I’ve seen HomeSpaKe with really lovely hampers containing bath salts, body scrubs, bath bombs, cleansing soaps, lip scrubs and lip balms. The beauty about this store is that their products don’t have artificial additives or preservatives and it’s made in Kenya with nothing but lots of love.

Gift Idea 3: Exquisitely Crafted Jewellery

If she loves her jewellery, instead of just buying mass produced very common pieces, take it a notch higher this Christmas season by getting her some exquisitely crafted jewellery which is different from everyone else’s. Look for jewelers who diligently stock unique pieces. If they can customize that’s a PLUS. You can consider going for jewellery sets with several pieces. Sets are versatile because the pieces can be worn separately or together for that elegant look.

I’ve heard good reviews about Little Jewelers and Purpink. I will put a link to these stores but you can still explore various other jewelers and feel free to share recommendations in the comment box below this post.

Gift Idea 4: Jewellery Organiser with Mirror

You can get her somewhere chic to organize her sentimental jewelry pieces. There is this lovely jewellery Organizer with a mirror at Purpink which features compartments with rings and watch divider sections. It’s actually a secure one and can be locked for extra security. An added bonus is that it doubles as home decor.


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Gift Idea 5: Personalized Jewelry Travel Case

If she travels frequently, you can also get her a personalized jewellery travel case. You want to save her from the hussle of traveling and finding her jewellery scattered all over as if there was a house party in her suit case lol. I’ve linked a cute piece from Purpink. You can actually personalize it by writing her name on it.

Gift Idea 6: Premium Quality Hair Extensions

You can spoil her with hair extensions too. At times a woman’s hair needs to get a break from constant combing hence hair extensions are the best option. You can opt to splurge by getting her Luscious Hair Extensions for that effortless glamour. The beauty about good quality hair extensions is that they last for over 5 years. Nywele Creative has the finest virgin hair extensions in town. They also customize the hair extensions into amazing wigs.

Gift Idea 7 :Hair Equipment and Luxurious Hair Care Products

If she already has good quality hair extensions, you can get her a hair tool or hair tools! This could be a curling iron, flat iron or drier amongst others. LilyHairline – International has world class user friendly hair equipment which she can comfortably use at home.

Additionally you can throw in amazing hair care products to help maintain the hair extensions and keep them bouncy and fresh. Nywele Creative again has great hair extension care products i.e hair leave in treatment, shampoos, argan oil etc

Gift Idea 8: Good Quality Makeup

If your girl loves makeup, you can get her a quality eyeshadow pallets, finishing spray or makeup brushes/sponges. Foundation is the only tricky thing to buy since you need to know her exact shade. You can alternatively opt to get her a makeup gift voucher. Mac Stores has gift vouchers from 2,500 onwards. Joana K Cosmetics has really good make up too.

Gift Idea 9: Makeup organizer

If you feel like she has enough makeup already, you can get her a house for her lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows and foundation amongst others. Let her display her makeup in style. There is this lovely 16 compartment versatile make-up organiser at the Vituzote Website. Again if your budget is tight you can check Purpink for cheaper options. Like I said the links will be below this post.

Gift Idea 10: A classy bag

Women need different bags for different occasions. Whether it’s that weekend bag where she can throw in everything and go for that stay cation or an executive bag to carry her laptop to that business meeting, you can treat her with not only a stylish but classy bag and you will be remebered forever lol. Just get to know which type of bag she needs the most.

I know there are so many stores out there but Yallo, a Kenyan Brand has some really amazing statement pieces. If you are looking for genuine leather, they pride themselves with this! The beauty about investing in quality is that it lasts long and you don’t have to keep replacing which is value for money if you look at it from a wider perspective.

Gift Idea 11: Designer Sun Glasses

This is also a very thoughtful gift. You can choose to get her designer sunglasses with UV protection.There are so many sunglasses out there but sadly most don’t have protection.

Spoil her and take it further this festive season by getting ones with UV Protection. It’s such a perfect accessory and also helps keep off harmful sun rays which doubles up as an anti aging piece. You can check Optica’s Sun Glasses Section for variety.

Gift Idea 12 :Update her shoe game

Shoes are timeless. A great pair of shoes as a gift will never be out of place. Shoes have the ability to transform a woman’s looks even if she’s wearing the simplest outfit. You just simply need to change the shoes to transform the language of an outfit.

If you are absolutely sure about her size and color buy her directly but just in case you want to give her freedom to choose herself, get her a shoe gift voucher. Backyard shoes has gift vouchers plus I’ve seen a great collection in this store.

Gift Idea 13: Fragrances

I’m yet to know a woman who doesn’t love smelling good. Getting her good perfume is also another awesome gift idea.If you want to sludge, you can go for the designer perfumes. In case your budget is tight, you can consider Bath & Body Works. It has yummy fragrances as well. You can shop for fragrances at His&Hers Scents.

Gift Idea 14: HandBag Stand

Let your loved one manage her wardrobe from this festive season on wards, by getting her an aesthetically easy to set up handbag stand. This will help her keep her bags and even hats neatly organized. The beauty about this gift is that it will save space too. You can find lovely stands at jumia or better still get one customized if you have a good carpenter. I’ve seen amazing ones displayed by carpenters along jogoo road and lenana, Ngong road.

Gift Idea 15: Clothes shopping voucher

You can elevate her wardrobe this Christmas Season by getting her a Clothes Shopping Voucher. A voucher works best in these kinds of gifts. She gets to personally visit the store and select whatever outfit she wants in the correct color and size. Vivo Woman has gift vouchers which can be delivered online and are redeemable at any of their stores. Aint that convenient? Share your thoughts below this post.

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LINK TO THE STORES

  1. Spa Experience : Spa Dreaming
  2. DIY Home Pampering Kits : Home Spa Kenya
  3. Exquisitely crafted jewelley : Purpink or The Little Jewellers
  4. Jewellery Organisor with mirror : Purpink
  5. Personalised Jewellery Travel Case : Purpink
  6. Luscious Hair Extension : Nywele Creative
  7. Hair Equipment: LilyHairline – International Luxurious Hair Care Products : Nywele Creative
  8. Good quality make up : Joanna K Cosmetics & Mac Stores – For this there is no specific link. You can visit any of their branches and ask for a gift voucher. They have branches at Hilton, Garden city, The Junction and The Hub amongst others
  9. Make up organisor: Vituzote
  10. A classy bag : Yallo
  11. Designer Sunglasses : Optica
  12. Update her shoe game: Backyard Shoes
  13. Fragrances: His&Hers Scents
  14. Handbag stand: Jumia
  15. Clothes shopping voucher : Vivo Woman

Fashion and Style, VACATION FASHION

How to style leggings – Vacation Fashion (Plus size women)

Vacation fashion is all about effortless style. The ability to easily wear an outfit within a moments notice and still look good is very key. Do you agree with this? While on a vacation all you want is nothing fussy in terms of fashion.

Light airy outfits which you can easily put on are essentials when going for a vacation to a warm place. Fashion trends will always come and go but the beauty about style is that you can play around with fabrics to your liking. All you need is few versatile pieces and the styling possibilities will be endless.

I was recently privileged to go for a heavenly vacation at the North coast. It was so luxurious and was all I needed to cool off my mind from the hectic Nairobi life. Alittle walk down memory lane; I was fortunate enough to stay at the Pride Inn Paradise, Shanzu. The service at this resort exceeded my expectations for sure. The Swahili decor in the rooms was so breathtaking. The moment you get a glimpse at of the panoramic view of the hotel, you will instantly get into vacation mode.

One fun fact about this hotel is that it is the largest aqua safari themed water park resort in the Coastal region of Kenya. You actually get to meet the big five! It’s equiped with the multi level slippery slides, water canons, climbing frames and a giant 500 litres bucket of water which empties after every few minutes over the guests below it in a big FUN SPLASH. This makes it such a perfect family vacation resort. Incase you are looking for a holiday destination I can tell you for free, with this resort, you will be over the moon the entire vacation time.

Anyway, I digress..back to Style and Fashion. I happened to rock cropped leggings in two different ways and thought why not share with you the looks. Probably this will give some style inspiration to someone out there. Leggings are cozy and comfy when wearing around the house but they can also form part of a cute vacation outfit.

Tip when buying cropped leggings: Opt for the slip free ones with a secure band to keep them in place.

When talking about versatility, leggings have the ability to be versatile. They have practically weathered the storm and are here to stay. The fact that they are lighter than jeggings makes them perfect for warm weather conditions. The cropped types are even better. So lets get into the two styles. Shall we? Links to the stores where i got the outfits will be put at the end of this post.

Style 1: Kaftan + cropped leggings

For the first look, i rocked this crystal chiffon kaftan in blue print. Kaftans of any type are really flattering on plus sized body frames. They are such perfect pieces while on a vacation at the Coast. Not to mention, they are super light and comfortable to wear.

Whenever I’m going to a warm place they are one of my go to pieces. But besides vacays, kaftans make perfect casual outfits especially if you are breaking from the ordinary jeans.

This cute straw hat is a perfect vacay accessory. Not to forget these strappy sandals too. Straw hats not only add a chic element but protect you from the harmful sun rays. Just ensure you go for wide beamed types to reap maximum protection. For size details this particular hat is 57 cm.

Style 2: Green sheer long top + cropped leggings

For my second look, i went for this green sheer long top. Like i said when i visit warm places, easy garments which i can quickly style are my go to. This green sheer top which was a find from BelaBstyles helped me achieve exactly that. It’s the kind of outfit which you can put on a moments notice and to crown it all its breathable hence perfect for the high coastal temperatures.

I love the vibrant green color. This top is super flattering for plus size body frames. An added bonus to this top is that you can style it with hot pants, jeggings or a cute denim skirt and still look cute. You can consider visiting my Instagram page. Besides styling this top with jeggings, i will showcase different ways of rocking it real soon.

I finished off the look with these cute white beaded sandals and a straw bag.The straw bag is so great for throwing in few of your necessities when moving around.

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WHERE TO GET THE OUTFITS

Kaftan: https://shopzetu.com/products/vivo-crystal-chiffon-kaftan-black-print

Green sheer long top https://www.instagram.com/p/CGViPP9AUjH/

cropped leggings https://jadecollections.co.ke/product-category/womens-fashion/

Straw hat https://www.instagram.com/p/CG_9n2SnJ1N/

Straw bag https://www.instagram.com/p/CG7ViIehyUA/

Both Sandals https://extraordinaryjourneys.com/maasai-market-locations-in-nairobi/

FASHION TIPS, VACATION FASHION

What to pack for your next Mombasa Vacation

Welcome back to Authentically Ritah! Hope you are doing good wherever you are reading this post from.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my essentials when going for a vacation to Mombasa. Probably it will give you ideas on what to pack on  your next vacation to this destination or any other coastal region.

Once you’ve secured your SGR, flight or whatever means of transportation which you’ve decided to go for and your beach hotel is reserved voila you are vacation ready! Yeeeeeey!

There is nothing which excites me like going to Mombasa especially if it is for a vacation. Known for it’s magical sandy beaches and world class hotels just to mention but a few, this is one of the most epic tourist destinations in the world today!

Well, I know the kind of leisure activities to do in Mombasa while on a vacation vary for each person due to several factors hence what you pack may not be exactly the same as mine. What I’m sharing is just a generalized overview of what to carry. You can definitely adjust accordingly.

Mombasa is one of the warmest regions in Kenya. This means packing light.

Here are some things to bring with you to Mombasa on a vacation:

1. Light airy outfits

I like starting off with my outfits then the rest of stuff can follow. Comfort is always key when selecting what to wear. In this case, light airy dresses will work very well since the temperatures in this region are abit elevated. You can opt for tropical colors to give you that holiday mood.

Maxis dresses – I’d go for maxi dresses to complement the holiday vibe. Cotton is always the best material. This stripped maxi dress and white floral will work for me when I’m exploring the Mombasa town during daytime.

Scatter dresses – I love how scatter dresses flow freely from the waist area downwards. Beside defining your waistline as a curvy woman, they are very comfortable and would be the best for this vacation. Scatter dresses work for me very well in the evenings when i decide to explore the nightlife in Mombasa.

Shorts and tunk top – I’d go for afew pairs of shorts and tunk tops for those days when I decide to lounge around the hotel. Make sure your tunk tops are made from cotton material and incase your shorts are denim remember comfort is key!

2. Footwear

Once I’ve secured my outfits, the next thing to pack would be my footwear.

Flat sandals : There is no need to be so extra when it comes to shoes while on a vacation in Mombasa. Again since the temperatures are abit high, open shoes are the best in my opinion. I will go for these two pairs. One neutral one and another colorful one.

Wedges: For those night outs, I’d put in a little effort and throw in a neutral pair of wedges. Who doesn’t want to look cute! This ones are so comfy. If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while,I’m sure you’ve seen me rocking them quite frequently.

Water shoes: Most likely you are going to be in the water at some point. It’s always good to have a pair of shoes which are waterproof. In my case I will go for these very simple ones. I feel they will get the job done.

3. Accessories

Accessories are always a gals bestie. While on a vacation in Mombasa I don’t think you need alot of accessories going on. Here is what I’d carry:

Floppy hat – Besides being a fashion statement, floppy hats always help keep those harmful sun rays away. I don’t know about you but my problematic skin reacts so badly to the sun. This wide brimmed floppy hat is a must have for me.

Straw bag – I feel a straw bag should not be left behind either. For those moments when you are exploring this magical town you can throw in your essentials such as a phone. This one will get me sorted.

Sun glasses – Never forget your sun glasses. They of course protect you from the sun but also add an element of sass to your look. Remember to put them in a case to avoid breaking them.

I did a MINI-TRY ON HAUL on some fabulous accessories. Check out the post right here.

4. Beachwear

A Mombasa vacation is never complete without you visiting the beach!

Swim gear – Don’t forget your swimming gear. Go for something that is not only comfy but complements your body frame as well. I will go for this one. Totally love the colors.

Cover ups – Remember to carry your cover ups. These ones will help you once you’ve changed into your swimming gear and are walking around the hotel.

Of cause don’t forget your sunscreen and toiletries!

If you are not traveling anytime soon, you can bookmark this post for your ultimate guide when packing for your next vacation to Mombasa.

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Athleisure, Fashion and Style, Uncategorized

How to select an athleisure Outfit

Gone are the days when the only time to rock active wear was while going to the gym! Thanks to the athletic brands which are working tirelessly to incorporate fashion and style into their pieces.

Today’s article is going to give you a basic guide on how to select your athleisure outfit.

What is an athleisure outfit?

Just In case you aren’t aware, an athleisure outfit is a trend of wearing active wear outside the gym. This could probably be while traveling, catching up with friends, doing your day to day errands or just chillings at home. It is actually a fashion statement on its own.

If you love the the trend here is a basic guide on how to rock an athleisure outfit:

  1. Active bottoms

When building an athleisure outfit, the first thing to consider is bottoms. Go for your favorite active wear bottoms. This could be yoga pants, joggers or leggings.

I went for these black joggers. They are very comfy and the stretch is super amazing which is very key for plus size women. If you are looking for a pair of go-to joggers, then check out Nairobi Sports House. I actually got these pair from them.

Besides the gym, this outfit is very quickly becoming a favorite while traveling or going about errands.

It is always good to have shopping options. If you know of a store which has good quality joggers, feel free to share that in the comment box below this post.

2. T-Shirts or Tank Top

The next thing to consider while pulling an athleisure outfit is adding a chic tee or tank top. A long-sleeved tee will work well on those chilly days.

I like this sleeveless top on warmer days. I love the fact that it is lightweight, very soft and comfortable. The quality is also very amazing.

3. Footwear

Don’t forget your feet. You can go for the classic sneakers. You could still rock sandals for that chic athleisure look. I’ve seen some rock heels with their outfits and they still look amazing. The choice is all yours.

I rocked my pink sneakers. These shoes are also from Nairobi Sports House. They are a total win in terms of comfort. They have amazing details such as a breathable upper mesh. The inner cushioning is out of this world.

4. Layering piece

You can consider adding a third layer to cater for weather dynamics such as cold. A cute denim jackets or any other of your choice would beautifully complete your athleisure look.

I went for this cute zip up jacket which i got from Vivo Woman a while ago. The jacket undeniably adds some element of sass to the whole look.

If you love accessories you can definitely throw them in.

We are already in October. Can you believe it? I don’t lol!

I hope this post was of help if you are trying to build an athleisure outfit.


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TRY-ON Haul from Lyl Fashions

Greetings friends! Hope you are doing good from wherever you are reading this blog from.

October is almost here again! Can you believe 2020 is winding up! If you are new here, welcome. This is a blog which talks about Style and Fashion for plus sized curvy women and if you are a returning follower thanks a lot for the massive support. I’m totally humbled!

Most of you guys have requested me to share vacation outfits. I will gladly be doing this very soon. If you’ve not subscribed consider doing it right here so as to get notified once I post.

Today I’m showcasing some assorted fun pieces from Lyl fashions.

Before I start, here is my Size Detail: I’m actually a size 16UK and 178cm tall.

Okay, without further ado, let’s dive right into to the haul:

1. Belle sleeved body con dress

The first piece is a navy blue body con dress. If you love body cons, then this gorgeous dress with a touch of belle sleeves will get your head spinning lol. I couldn’t afford to ignore it the moment I laid my eyes on it!

See how the arms add that everlasting charm. It’s not that ordinary basic body con dress. I’m actually wearing it in an XL size.

Good to note, is that layering with this piece might not work really good. The sleeves will bulge and not give you that smooth silhouette. That regardless the dress is a fashion statement.

If you are not comfortable with the height, you can look for cute sheer stockings. Since it’s a plain dress you can accessorise it with either bright shoes or bag.

2. Pink floral body con dress

Once you try this dress on, you will know the true definition of comfort! I’m very comfortable in it’s size 16. It fits true to my size. The material is soft to the touch.

Florals laid over a pink background is such a tasty spin. The colors are so adorable. This piece is very well designed i must admit. Totally love it. This is such a perfect dress for warmer weather.

The design on the arms actually allows you to layer it when it gets cold. You can definitely throw in a stylish cardigan or kimono for that extra warmth when need arises.

3. Sleek Grey Top

I’m always a fun of trying different designs. I’m thrilled with this sleek top. I somehow didn’t manage to iron it hence the little creases but I hope you get the grip. Will definitely be styling it better in future posts. It fits really good. It’s soft to the feel and is very comfortable.

The fancy designs on the arms have really elevated it tastefully.

What I love about this top is that you don’t need a lot of accessories. The fancy sleeves do the magic. You can actually pull it off  with a skirt too like i’ve done below:

The skirt doesn’t necessarily have to be black. You can go for a darker shade of grey, beige, mustard, white or any color that you love. I just worked with what I had in my closet. Remember style is an art! For reference I’m wearing the top in an XXL size.

4. Fancy Floral Top
Seems my obsession with floral is not ending anytime soon lol! This white and blue floral top is nothing but cuteness in the closet. I’m rocking it in a size M. The colors are amazing and have blended really well together.

This can be worn with both low and high rise jeans because it’s not cropped. How versatile! The black jeans is also from Lyl Fashions.

I used to have lots of challenges finding good quality denim but thanks to this store I’m forever sorted on this!

See how it beautifully covers the waist band of the black jeans. I actually rocked it before with a denim skirt . See the look here.

I love the detailing at the lower part of the top. It gives it an edge without being overboard.

5. White and black floral dress

Not all dresses are created same. Once you wear this one, you will tell the difference. This floral dress is pretty sweet. Material is a little bit thin but it’s not a see through. I love how it snag fits in the waist area and drapes down beautifully.

The floral patterns are soft and cosy. It takes a different twist. It doesn’t exactly show off your curves but I think it’s cute in a casual chilled out sort of look.

You can throw in a leather jacket incase you need extra warmth. The model is wearing a size PXL.

If you love trendy pieces for plus size curvy women then Lyl fashions is definitely a store worth visiting. They actually have new adorable piece trickling in at the moment.

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ACCESSORIES, TRY ON HAUL

Mini Try -0n Haul: Accessories from Forever Trendy

Hey guys, im back again with another haul but this time round, a mini one. Let’s talk about accessories today. You don’t need loads of accessories to be stylish. Agree or disagree? Comment below!

One item that will help complete your look to the best is using accessories. Statement accessories are your bestie when it comes to dressing any plus sized body. Hats and bags are very amazing accessories which fit this bill. They can magically elevate your style in such an effortless way.

Who doesn’t want to look good! I came across these statement accessories at Forever Trendy and thought why not share them with you:

Accessory 1: Beret Hat

My first accessory, is this black beret hat. I’ve never had much luck in finding great hats. What i find out there is either too expensive, the quality is not that amazing or just doesn’t fit me really good.

There is something feminine about beret hats. I love the silver studded details on this particular one. I think they make it look edgy without being over the top.

Forever Trendy has berets in some seriously amazing colors.

The material is really soft to the touch glides easily when you wear it. This hat instantly transforms your outfit from basic to fab to be precise.

Style fact: The beret hat is such an icon in the French Fashion. Now you know what gift to give your French friends in case you have any lol.

Accessory 2. Floppy Straw Hat

Next is this floppy straw hat. I love the fit. It’s one hat which you don’t need to be worried about falling off your head when the wind blows. As long as you get the right size you are good to go.

However it can be abit limiting if you are rocking a bulky hairstyle like chunky braids or weaves. It just might not fit really well but to counter this, check out the other amazing options from this store.

What i love about this particular straw hat is that its large enough to protect one from the sun. For size details, it’s actually a 57cm.

This accessory would be a perfect accompaniment to the beach. On a sunny day, it would also pair very well with a cute floral dress for that subtle look.

Accessory 3: Round rattan straw Bag

The last but not least is this straw bag. I think this is one accessory you might love. The fact that its neutral means you can perfectly pair it with a range of outfits. It’s stylish, fun and timeless just to say the least.

Small but mighty, i must say am absolutely smitten by the round structure. You can throw in all your go – to easy to reach stuff when going out and about. How convenient!

Style tip: You can wrap a colorful scarf around the handle of your straw bag to add some sass. Just play around with different textures based on what you are wearing.

Its amazing how this straw bag has brightened this black monochromatic outfit. Totally love the look.

Oh.. still looks good when you combine the straw bag and hat together.

Did i get value for money? I would say yes! Definitely yeees because the materials are so high quality and these are designs that you don’t see all over.



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